Jacques Berent

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Dr. Jacques Berent


I have completed my PhD at University of Geneva in 2016, under the supervision of Prof. Juan Manuel Falomir-Pichastor. This thesis focused on the potential effects of collective apologies on one's support for collective punishment, and contributes to our knowledge on social justice, punishment desires, and conflict resolution.

Aside from this research, I am also currently working on various other topics including:

  • Gender identity
    With a particular focus on masculine identity, my colleagues and I are investigating the consequences of gender roles' evolution on intergroup discrimination (sexism, sexual prejudice, etc.). This research is relevant to our understanding of the consequences of important societal changes and the rise of various ideological movements (feminism, masculinism, etc.). Collaborators: Prof. Juan Falomir (University of Geneva), Dr. Joel Anderson (Australian Catholic University).
  • Domestic violence
    In this line of research, we are investigating the relationship between gender norms and the emergence of domestic violence. In particular, we are interested in understanding how social changes in gender relations impact on men's tendency to accept and engage in domestic violence. This research is relevant in understanding how societal factors shape interpersonal relations and might influence social issues such as domestic violence. Collaborator: Prof. Juan Manuel Falomir (University of Geneva).
  • Vocational and occupational interests
    The research we conduct in this line of research is related to men and women's interests in different studies, careers, and work-family balance. Specifically, we are investigating the impact of gender norms and the way in which they intervene in people's choices for their future. These studies are notably relevant to the understanding of people's professional and personal pathways. Collaborator: Prof. Juan Manuel Falomir (University of Geneva).
  • Sexuality
    In this line of research, we are interested in understanding the link between online pornography consumption and couples' sexual satisfaction. This research is relevant to health psychology and our understanding of the interpersonal consequences of porn consumption. Collaborator: Dr. Nicolas Sommet (University of Lausanne).
  • Intergroup contact
    This research focuses on the effects of intergroup contact on discrimination, and on the role of social norms.  This research helps us better understand how social context can determine the effects of interpersonal contact between members of different social groups (nationals and immigrants, heterosexuals and homosexuals, etc.). Collaborators: Dr. Emilio Visintin and Prof. Eva Green (University of Lausanne), Prof. Juan Falomir (University of Geneva).
  • Discrimination and self-esteem
    In this research, my colleagues and I study the interplay between intergroup discrimination, social norms regarding such discrimination, and self-esteem. This research is relevant to our understanding of the very basis of discriminative behaviors. Collaborators: Dr. Vincenzo Iacoviello (University of Gröningen), Dr. Andrea Pereira (New-York University), Natasha Frederic (University of Geneva).
  • Immanent justice reasoning
    Here, we focus on the determinants of immanent justice reasoning. This research is relevant to our understanding of how we make sense of every-day-life painful and disastruous events. Collaborators: Prof. Robbie Sutton (University of Kent), Dr. Annelie Harvey (Anglia Ruskin University), Dr. Elizabeth Gilbert (University of Virginia), Catherine Naughton (University of Limerick).